I know it is a bit unusual to post something unrelated to tea, but I feel it’s my duty to provide some info that many people might not be aware of—English Cadbury chocolate and American Cadbury chocolate are not the same!
The English Tea Store website has a great article about Cadbury’s history. Toward the end, the article mentions that the manufacturer of Cadbury brand confections was licensed to Hershey. This means that most of the chocolate in the USA that bears the Cadbury name is actually produced by Hershey—just take a look at the back of any Cadbury bar at your local supermarket, and you’ll find the Hershey name in much smaller print!
While it might not seem like a big deal, the proof is in the taste. The first time I tasted English Cadbury was on a trip to New Zealand about 6 years ago. What caught my attention was the much larger number of different varieties of Cadbury available there—they not only have Dark and Dairy Milk options, but also more “exotic” blends like Fruit and Nut, Tiffin, and Golden Crisp. Needless to say, my interest was piqued enough to try one. To my surprise, the chocolate itself actually tasted sweeter, creamier, and much more distinctive than the Cadbury I’d had in the US. My whole family bought a bunch of bars and we were busting them out of the freezer for special occasions over the next several months!
Although licensing the manufacture of their chocolate to Hershey probably makes sound business sense to Cadbury, many American customers are really missing out on the unique flavor of real English Cadbury. Thankfully, we have a few good sources like English Tea Store that provide authentic Cadbury at reasonable prices. For a very small fee you can purchase a bar from the supermarket and compare it with one from English Tea Store to see what you’re missing out on!
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